On September 5, 2009, Saifur, also a former Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member, died in a road accident on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway at the age of 77.
Local BNP and Durre Samad Rahman and Saifur Rahman Foundation have chalked out various programmes, including milad mahfil, Quran khwani and distribution of food, to mark the day.
As part of the programme, Moulvibazar district unit of BNP will arrange a milad in the afternoon.
Kulaura upazila unit will hold a milad mahfil at its office after Magrib prayers on the occasion.
The BNP leaders and activists will place wreaths at Saifur’s grave in Moulvibazar in the morning.
They will also offer fateha there and pray for salvation of his departed soul.
Durre Samad Rahman and Saifur Rahman Foundation will also hold miald mahfils at the late minister’s local house and distribute food among the destitute.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir issued a message where he paid a tribute to the departed soul.
The BNP secretary general recalled the late finance minister’s contributions in various democratic and rights movements in the nation and the country’s economic progress.
He also remembered with gratitude Saifur’s role in making BNP a stronger party as a close associate of its founder Ziaur Rahman.
Born at village Baharmardan in Moulvibazar Sadar upazila on October 6, 1932, Saifur was with the BNP since its inception as an adviser to the late president Ziaur Rahman.
He went on to serve in Zia’s cabinet as the first commerce minister and then the finance minister.
Saifur holds the outstanding record of presenting 12 national budgets in parliament as finance minister.
He was elected to parliament four times. He held different important posts at the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and International Fund for Agricultural Development.
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